"State Board of Education Rules of Conduct"
State Board of Education Rules of Conduct For Bus Students 1. Students must be courteous and obey the driver promptly. The driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils and has the authority of a classroom teacher. 2. Students must be on time; the bus has to run on schedule. 3. Students should never stand or play on the roadway while waiting for the bus. 4. Before boarding, students must keep a safe distance away from a bus still in motion. 5. Students must enter the bus without crowding or disturbing others and occupy their seats immediately. 6. Students must not try to get on or off the bus when it is in motion. Students must remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop. 7. Students must keep out of the driver's seat. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited while the bus is in motion. 8. When going to or from the bus stop along the highway, a student should walk on the side of the road facing traffic in accordance with Section 4146 of the Motor Vehicle Laws of Delaware. -Before crossing the road to board the bus or after being discharged from the bus, a student shall cross only upon a signal from the driver. -The driver shall signal students to cross by instruction through use Of the external speaker of the public address system. -Students must be sure the road is clear of all traffic or that traffic has come to a complete stop before crossing and then shall cross in front of the bus far enough to be seen by the driver. 9. In crossing the street or highway at any time, students should look both to the left and the right-then WALK-not run. 10. Outside of ordinary conversation in a normal tone, classroom conduct is to be observed. 11. Students must not call out to passers-by. They should not open the bus windows without permission from the driver nor extend head or arms out of the window. 12. Students shall not leave the bus without the driver's consent except upon arrival at their regular stop or at school. 13. Students should help to keep the bus clean, sanitary and orderly. They must not damage or abuse the equipment. 14. Smoking or other use of tobacco is not permitted on the bus. 15. Use of profanity is not permitted on the bus. 16. Students must not throw articles in, out, or around the bus. 17. Students are not permitted to eat or drink while on the bus. 18. Other forms of misconduct that will not be tolerated are acts such as, but not limited to, indecent exposure, obscene gestures and spitting. 19. Pupils are to conduct themselves while on the bus such that it will not distract the driver from the job of driving. RULES MOST FREQUENTLY VIOLATED 1) Students out of seats or sitting improperly; 2) Excessive noise or rowdiness; 3) Rudeness or disrespect to the driver or other passengers; 4) Fighting or hitting; 5) Cell phone use.* POSSIBLE ORDER OF CONSEQUENCES PROVIDED BY THE DRIVER 1) Verbal reprimand and warning; 2) Change of seat; 3) Assigned seat for period of time; 4) Conference with student; 5) Conference with parents; 6) Suspension of riding privilege for one day. PROGRESSIVE CONSEQUENCES PROVIDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH WRITTEN BUS BEHAVIOR REFERRALS 1) For first written bus referral –Bus driver contacts parents to notify of infraction and issue a warning of potential loss of bus riding privileges for next infraction. 2) For second written bus referral – Bus driver contacts parents to notify of infraction. Based upon seriousness of offense and length of time since last infraction, driver may suspend riding privileges for one day (from all buses). 3) For third written bus referral – Bus driver contacts parents to notify of infraction. Based upon seriousness of offense and length of time since last infraction, driver may suspend riding privileges for one day (from all buses). If student’s behavior is an ongoing problem, driver may request length of suspension be extended and a parent conference be scheduled with the driver and school principal. The principal may extend the bus suspension or allow the student to continue riding the bus until the conference is held. During the conference, a plan of action for improving the student’s behavior will be discussed and decisions made about how future infractions will be handled. 4) For fourth written bus referral – The principal contacts parents to notify that their student is suspended until a required conference is held involving the parent, driver, principal, transportation supervisor, and bus contractor(s). At this conference expected student behaviors will be detailed along with the infractions for which bus riding privileges will be suspended and the length of time the suspensions will endure (NOTE-for four or more referrals, bus suspensions of 10 to 30 days will be considered. 5) Serious Offenses/Severe Inappropriate Behavior – NOTE- This action supercedes the progressive order of consequences outlined above. For serious offenses (such as those that create safety concerns, continue after repeated warnings, or show disrespect for the driver’s authority), school bus drivers shall inform parents that riding privileges are suspended for one day and a conference must be scheduled with the school principal and the driver. The parent will be asked to help by contacting the principal to arrange for a time and place for the conference. Drivers shall contact the principal regarding the referral to discuss the issues by 9:00 AM of the day following the infraction. The principal may extend the bus suspension or allow the student to ride the bus until the conference is held. The length of the bus suspension will be determined by the principal and will be based upon the seriousness of the offense. --NOTE—These are guidelines. Principals have discretion to use professional judgment including assigning non-bus consequences (detention, etc.) for bus offenses. Each school may design specific programs to address bus behavior. *Abuse of cell phone ban on buses will result in confiscation of phone, which will be turned into the office for a parent to reclaim. SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE Seaford Middle School AM Buses Arrive 7:25 - 7:35 Instruction Begins 7:45 PM Instructional Day Ends 2:30 Buses/Students Leave 2:35/2:45 Seaford High School AM Buses Arrive 7:25 - 7:35 Instruction Begins 7:45 PM Instructional Day Ends 2:30 Buses/Students Leave 2:35/2:45 Sussex OH Facility-High School or Middle School: AM Buses Arrive 8:00 - 8:05 Students Board/Leave 3:00-3:05 OH at Frederick Douglass: AM Buses Arrive 8:10 – 8:15 Students Board/Leave 3:10-3:15 Blades, Central, West Seaford & Frederick Douglass Elementary Schools AM Buses/Students Arrive 8:30 Instruction Begins 8:45 PM Instructional Day Ends 3:30 Buses/Students Leave 3:40 Half Day Schedule (None scheduled) SEAFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS CONTRACTORS 2011-2012 NAME BUSES OWNED TELEPHONE NUMBER Chambers Bus Service, Inc. OH#2,10,15 629-3553 21,22,24,26 & 32 800-694-2022 Cook, Alison 19 629-5606 Cook’s Bus Service 37 629-5693 (Bonita Cook) Tony’s Bus Service 16, 27 & 35 628-3634 (Anthony Gundry) Gundry, Blanche & John 3, 4, 6, 20, 25 & 36 629-9877 Hayes, Daryl 18, 31, 40 & 41 628-9254 Diane’s Bus Service 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 23, 28 629-4336 (Tammy & Jim Horne) 29, 33, 38 & 42 Lambden, Beverly & Jim 1,8,13,14,17,30 & 34 629-4358 Seaford School District A-1, A-4, 0-4, O-5, O-6, OH#7 629-4587 X210 O-8 Excerpts from Delaware Regulations governing Pupil transportation that Students and Parents should know. 1) Pupils in grades K-6 are eligible for transportation whose legal residence is 1 mile or more from the assigned school. 2) Pupils in grades 7-12 are eligible for transportation whose legal residence is 2 miles or more from the assigned school. 3) Eligible students are assigned to a bus from their home/daycare to school and a bus from school to their home/daycare. Students are not permitted to change buses or bus stops without parents obtaining prior written approval through the school/Transportation Office. Official (temporary) changes can occur when deemed necessary due to an emergency. Note: Students will not be permitted to simply have a friend ride home with them. Note: when parents wish to pick up their child at school, they shall follow procedures established at that school regarding official student sign out. 4) Transportation change requires 24 hours advance notice to effectively communicate the change to all concerned. 5) In order to provide efficient transportation, the residence or daycare must have a geographic location based upon a road number or street name in relation to the nearest intersecting road number/street name. Accurate phone numbers are important for emergencies and efficiency. SOME LOCAL POLICIES FOR STUDENT AND PARENT CONSIDERATION Students are not permitted to use cellular phones in school or on school buses. Students having cell phones turned on, using cell phones, etc. will be disciplined in accordance with school policy. Students are not permitted to carry skateboards on the school bus. Other games, cards, and toys that potentially interfere with safe busing will be confiscated and delivered to the student’s assigned school. Students are permitted to read quietly on the school bus, but should not empty contents of a backpack in order to locate a book. Students should expect to carry projects, band instruments, and other large or bulky items only to the extent there is extra space or items can be carried on the student’s lap. Student should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Buses can run a few minutes early as well as late. The school bus is not required to stop if student is not at the bus stop. It is the policy of the Seaford School District that pre-k and kindergarten students must have an adult to receive them when the bus brings them home. Bus driver must be able to make eye contact with the receiving adult. SOME POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS 1) Take time to explain bus regulations to your child. 2) Be sure your child understands why it is important to follow rules designed for his/her safety. 3) Try to meet with your child’s bus driver(s) and share your concerns with him/her directly. 4. Be sure your child is at the bus stop on time. 5) Encourage your child to wait a safe distance from the roadway and refrain from horseplay at the stop. 6) Explain to your child the importance of respecting the private property of others while waiting for the bus. 7) Insist on good behavior by your child so the driver can concentrate on driving the bus. 8) Make sure your child can comfortably handle whatever he/she carries on the school bus. 9) If your child is riding the bus for the first time, practice the routine to be used before the first day of school. 10) Be supportive of the rules and of the bus driver, whose job it is to transport your student safely to and from school. The mission of the Seaford School District is to instill in its students a sense of pride through excellence, enabling them to be good citizens, contributing members of society, and to successfully compete in a global economy. 2011-2012 Seaford School District Transportation Guidelines Dear Students and Parents: Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year! Transportation is looking forward to a new school year of transporting students safely to and from our schools. Every year we have new challenges, and this year is no different. It is the goal of this office to form a cooperative relationship between students, parents, bus contractors and drivers, as well as the staff in this office. This will enable us to have a successful and safe year. One way to develop a good relationship is for parents and students to take the time to read through the Transportation Guidelines and familiarize themselves with what they can expect throughout the year. I encourage parents to take the time to speak with the bus driver prior to the beginning of the school year, and discuss the best way to communicate with each other, and build an understanding that you are all working toward the same goal – to have a successful and safe year. Your bus driver cannot conduct conversations with parents while on the route, but will be happy to speak with you when they are off of the run. Feel free to develop a good relationship with your driver. Their goal, as yours, is to be able to transport your student(s) safely in a pleasant atmosphere. I’d like to remind you that students must not change buses or stops unless/until it has been approved by the Transportation Office. Transportation changes require 24 hours notice. Changes cannot be made by calling the school or telling the driver. Please be sure to communicate any changes in address, daycare or phone numbers to our office at 629-4587, Ext. 210. Eligible students are permitted to be assigned to ONE morning bus and ONE afternoon bus, and must ONLY ride their assigned bus(es). In the event your student experiences a problem on the bus, there is a protocol in place to be followed. First, the student should speak with the driver, or ask their parents to call and inform the driver to advise him/her of the problem. If the situation is not addressed satisfactorily, a parent should contact the contractor, whose phone number is listed in these guidelines. Usually, the contractor, in conjunction with the driver, can adequately resolve any issues that may occur. If, however, you still have concerns, please contact our office and allow me to address the issue. In order to assure safety on the bus, as well as safe operation of the school bus while in transit, please discuss appropriate student behavior with your student(s). Make sure they know the bus driver is the adult authority on the bus, and classroom conduct is expected. A growing number of students now have cell phones, which can present a problem in the school setting. I encourage you to discuss the school policy regarding cell phones with your student, and stress the importance of obeying those rules both in the school and on the bus. If your student is permitted to carry a cell phone, please make sure they are aware that while on the bus, all cell phones must be turned off, out of sight, and no calls, pictures or text messages are allowed. Please understand if your student violates this, they will be disciplined in accordance with district policy. The student will also receive a bus behavior referral in accordance with these Guidelines. Sincerely, Susan B. Messick, Transportation Specialist